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Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Word of Inspiration - Knowledge of Good & Evil Is Knowing Right from Wrong

"For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age." (Titus 2:11-12)

So often we worry that people haven't been taught right from wrong because they had bad parents or no parents. Think of it this way. Does a person know that killing another person is wrong without be told it is wrong? Did Cain know what he was doing when he murdered his brother, Abel, especially since it was the first murder? When mankind ate of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, mankind was given the knowledge of both right and wrong. 

According to these verses, the same grace that brings salvation, also teaches us right from wrong--to deny ungodliness and to live righteously. Salvation is a free gift through God's grace, so it would seem, that knowing right from wrong is also a free gift through grace. 
 
It has appeared to all men. This doesn't exclude women. Men is a general reference to mankind. The fact that it has appeared means that it is already done--past tense. We are born with this knowledge of knowing right from wrong--of good and evil. It has appeared to all men. It isn't only reserved for saved people. I do believe that saved people are more mindful of this knowledge, because we are more mindful of the things of God in our desire to love, serve and please Him.

This is how so many people can live good and decent lives, but still not have a conscious relationship with God. There are good people who deny the existence of Christ. When we try to teach an unsaved soul the truth of Christ, we are being God's resource in His desire that none should perish, but have everlasting life.

2 comments:

Love this! I am reminded that the God alone saves us, and God alone keeps us saved. As I read through your post, I couldn't help but think of Romans 1:18-32. God has, indeed, given all men a measure of faith, demonstrated Who He is in all of creation, and proclaimed His holiness & majesty from sea to shining sea.

I think of all those pointing to their good works as evidence of their righteousness only to hear Him say, "I never knew you." Better to point to His good grace within - that which saved us, and that which keeps us saved.

Great post!

Romans is one of my favorite books of the Bible. In spite of all the teachings warning us not to depend on good works alone, I'm saddened by how many people I see getting wrapped up in this trap. Thanks for stopping by.